Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

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February 21, 2007

Avastin for Wet AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Updated February 2007 (Editor’s note: This article is retained for archival purposes. More recent developments will be found elsewhere in the Low Vision Resources Library.) Off-label use of intravitreal Avastin (bevacizumab) has become a widespread treatment for wet AMD. This is a concern for some doctors and for Genentech Pharmaceuticals (developers of
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November 22, 2006

Intraocular Injections and Eye Pain

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts November 2006 Some people have been reporting considerable pain and/or conjunctival hemorrhaging (eye redness) following intraocular injections of anti-angiogenic drugs (Macugen, Lucentis and off-label Avastin) for wet AMD. Most patients, however, are reporting nothing more than some discomfort. The following information has been gathered from patients who have undergone the procedure. In
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November 4, 2006

Drusen Lasering

Posted in: Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts (Updated 11/4/06) Drusen are thought to be fatty waste products from the photoreceptor cells. They often appear on the macula (the center of the retina) in the early stages of Macular Degeneration, and they can cause gradual loss of central vision. “Hard” drusen are common in aging eyes, and do not necessarily
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July 29, 2006

Abortion Drug Offers Hope for People with Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

Posted in: Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

An abortion drug known as ru486 is showing potential as a treatment for central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), a condition which can lead to loss of central vision. The drug, also called mifepristone, blocks the action of progesterone, a hormone necessary to sustain pregnancy. It is also a potent antiglucocorticoid agent. Glucocorticoids are drugs and hormones
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October 26, 2005

Biocurrent Therapy: A Promising Treatment for Dry AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts with additional material by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally Published October 26, 2005 Acuity Medical has successfully completed a proof of concept, double-masked trial of its TheraMac™ device for the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The therapy developed from early studies of microcurrent stimulation, with improvements in the science and
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September 25, 2005

Photodynamic Therapy

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally posted on MDSupport and updated in September 2005: QLT’s preliminary results found that Visudyne in an occult trial did not achieve its primary endpoint after two years. ———————————– Photodynamic therapy has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent further loss of sight in people who are afflicted by the
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November 25, 2003

Macular Translocation

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally published July 2000 (Updated November 2003) Simply put, macular translocation is an experimental surgical procedure which involves detachment of the retina and relocation of it to a healthier spot in the eye. It has been described as “three to four hours of operating on something the size of a postage stamp
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January 20, 2003

Microcurrent Stimulation Testimonial “Blown Out Of Proportion”

Posted in: Latest News, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

According to son, Sam Snead’s vision did not benefit from the controversial therapy by Dan Roberts Originally published, January 20, 2003 Microcurrent stimulation (MCS) therapy “didn’t work for my father,” said Sam Snead, Jr., son of the late champion golfer. Sam Snead, Sr., who passed away last year at the age of 89, underwent MCS
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January 20, 2003

Microcurrent Stimulation Therapy

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts originally published January 20, 2003 MCS is a form of electrical acupuncture involving microcurrent stimulation applied at points around the eyes and elsewhere on the body. Expectations are that the stimulation will boost the cells’ ability to rid themselves of waste products and raise the levels of nourishment and oxygenation by increasing
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July 25, 2002

Fluorescein Angiogram

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. Originally published July 2002 What is Fluorescein Angiography? Fluorescein angiography is a test which allows the blood vessels in the back of the eye to be photographed as a fluorescent dye is injected into the bloodstream via your hand or arm. It is particularly useful in the management of diabetic
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